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Episode 1

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Monday 06 August 2012

It's a classic tale of the nineteenth century artist ... always at odds with the establishment in his native France, lurching from one disastrous romantic entanglement to the next, never quite knowing whether he would stay afloat financially. Nonetheless, Hector Berlioz swept music into the Romantic age almost single-handedly, redefining the nature of the symphony and inventing the modern orchestra. Donald Macleod explores the life and music of the great innovator, beginning with Berlioz's struggles against his parents' disapproval of his choice of career ("folly") and of his wife, Harriet, who disappointed them on four counts: she was an actress, a foreigner, a Protestant - and penniless to boot.

Music Played

5 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    00:01

    Hector Berlioz Fleurs des landes Op.13

    Performer: Anne Sofie von OTTER - Mezzo-soprano Performer: Cord GARBEN - Piano

    DEUTSCHE GRAMMOP, 435-860-2

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    00:05

    Hector Berlioz Les Francs-juges - opera [fragments] Op.3

    Conductor: Colin DAVIS Performer: London S O.

    PHILIPS, 416 430-2-

  • Image for Hector Berlioz
    00:21

    Hector Berlioz Tristia Op.18 for chorus and orchestra

    Conductor: John Eliot GARDINER Performer: Monteverdi Choir. Performer: Orchestre Revolutionnaire Et Romantique

    PHILIPS, 446-676-2

  • Image for Hector Berlioz
    00:30

    Hector Berlioz Irlande Op.2

    Performer: Cord GARBEN - Piano Performer: John ALER - Tenor

    DEUTSCHE GRAMMOP, 435-860-2

  • Image for Hector Berlioz
    00:41

    Hector Berlioz Symphonie fantastique Op.14

    Conductor: Robin TICCIATI Performer: Scottish Chamber Orchestra

    LINN, CKD 400

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